Why I Have Stayed in Quota for 25 Years

  • March 3, 2011

Why I Have Stayed in Quota for 25 Years

Quota International of Gladstone

Why I Have Stayed in Quota for 25 Years

Ailsa Stitt

QUOTA is an organization of women from all useful occupations united worldwide and who conduct service projects, enjoy fellowship and work toward understanding and goodwill. Sound familiar? Over the past 25 years I have seen many members come and go for whatever reason. My reason for staying is the friendships I have built up, the service work we do and the chance to make a difference in our local community and the World at large through our international connection. During the early years of my membership, protocol was of great importance and I was in awe and fear of the first District Governor I had the pleasure of meeting. Time has since relaxed the organization much to the greater good I feel. There have been many fundraisers that I have participated in and one that springs to mind is the Golden Chain Day in aid of the Leukaemia Foundation, held in the under cover area in the shopping centre in the Valley (Gladstone), and a good service day was had by all who attended. I have attended many socials, Changeover dinners, Conferences and Leadership weekends. All of which were most enjoyable. The Gladstone Club has hosted two conferences in my time in the club, which have taken many hours of planning and happily both have turned out very well and a great credit to the club. We have had many potluck dinners, soup and sweet nights and dinners at various venues, to name but a few. Socials often had guest speakers, just as an example, in May 1995, at the Bowls Club we had an after dinner speaker Paula Staples, of the National Acoustics’ Laboratory, and then a presentation by one of our members Phyllis Lawson on style and colour. Do you remember that Phyllis? For many years the Gladstone Club organised a Golf Day, which was held on an annual basis and a great social day as well as a great source of revenue. Our major fundraiser, before we discovered Cent Sales, was Bride of the Year, which was a huge event and took much organization to stage, and which I still think could be revived, perhaps in a different format. Stuffing Care Bears was a great source of merriment and social activity for the club, and then distributing to the Police, Fire Brigade and other groups to give to children in trauma, which has now, sadly, been largely taken over by other community groups. I have had the privilege to be at different times Secretary and Treasurer and to have worked with great Presidents. Penny Woodward and I used to put out a Chat Sheet monthly to keep our members up to date with what was coming up in our calendar. P & A Productions finished when Penny left town, but with the introduction of emails things are much more streamlined and communication is at one’s fingertips with the press of a button. I have really enjoyed my 25 years in the Quota Club of Gladstone (Queensland, Australia) and hope to continue to do so for many more years to come. Yours in Quota, Ailsa Stitt

 

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Quota Staff
3-3-2011

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